Best Metal Songs of the 70s

Well I'm a more of hard rock fan than metal. But I also listen some metal songs.

But most often I listen to metal songs of 80s or 90s by Iron Maiden or Metallica.

So it was quite difficult for me to choose 70s metal music.

Please add more if I miss something

The Top Ten

1 Highway Star - Deep Purple

This is one of the first metal songs, early speed metal. It's clasically inspired (based on Bach scales) and its solo was the first true metal solo. It's not hard rock - hard rock is blues inspired. - Metal_Treasure

Great drive, fantastic keyboard, great drums, one of the best guitar solos ever.

It's hard rock.

2 Stargazer - Rainbow

A 100% metal song. Epic masterpiece from Ritchie Blackmore and Dio (1976). - Metal_Treasure

3 Child In Time - Deep Purple
4 Victim of Changes - Judas Priest

This is a great song but it's actually blues rock - a bit heavier blues rock but still blues elements are too noticeable. Yet, their song Beyond The Realms Of Death is metal as well as some others. - Metal_Treasure

Whiskey woman don't you know you're driving me insane? One of the best songs from one of the best albums of the 70s. - SoldierOfFortune

5 Beyond the Realms of Death - Judas Priest

One of the greatest metal songs I know. Excellent. Chills up and down my spine. - Metal_Treasure

6 A Light In the Black - Rainbow

Epic yet very fast song with the most impressive metal guitar solo of the 70s (Ritchie Blackmore). The solo is long, fast, technical and melodic. - Metal_Treasure

7 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

It's not a metal song in the strict sense. Just saying. - Metal_Treasure

8 War Pigs - Black Sabbath
9 Iron Man - Black Sabbath
10 Working Man - Rush

Though it may not be metal to some people but this song is heavier than many hard rock songs and it's close to the heavy metal.Especially the the opening riff - zxm

The Contenders

11 Dissident Aggressor - Judas Priest
12 Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
13 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow
14 Hell Bent for Leather - Judas Priest
15 Burn - Deep Purple
16 Róisín Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend - Thin Lizzy
17 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The song that began metal!

18 Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen
19 Overkill - Motörhead
20 Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
21 Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

Wikipedia says it's viking metal - zxm

I used to think wikipedia is always right.But now I think they are not always not right - zxm

Again, NOT metal.

@zxm - many parts of the wiki articles on metal are awful. Viking metal is very close to black metal. This is correct: "Viking metal is a style of heavy metal music with origins in black metal and Nordic folk music".
So how is Immigrant Song close to black metal/viking metal? I am not even sure this song is metal. - Metal_Treasure

22 Bird of Prey - Uriah Heep
23 Into the Void - Black Sabbath
24 The Ripper - Judas Priest
25 (Don't Fear) the Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
26 Kill the King - Rainbow
27 Hard Lovin' Man - Deep Purple
28 Tarot Woman - Rainbow
29 Ride the Sky - Lucifer's Friend
30 The Riot of Your Time - Scorpions
31 The Sails of Charon - Scorpions
32 Fireball - Deep Purple
33 Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Widely considered the first thrash metal song, 9 years before Metallica. Queen sound in general was closer to metal than people ever imagined. - Metal_Treasure

34 Dreamer Deceiver - Judas Priest
35 Stained Class - Judas Priest

This song is 100% metal, which was something rare in the 70s. - Metal_Treasure

36 White Heat, Red Hot - Judas Priest
37 Eyes of the World - Rainbow

Prog/symphonic metal, 1979. A very well composed and performed song. - Metal_Treasure

38 The Mule - Deep Purple

The drum beat is so epic and unique! - Metal_Treasure

39 Opium Trail - Thin Lizzy
40 Starbreaker - Judas Priest
41 Man On the Silver Mountain - Rainbow
42 Stormbringer - Deep Purple
43 Speed King - Deep Purple
44 Salisbury - Uriah Heep
45 Free Me Now - Accept
46 Set Me Free - Sweet
47 Electric Funeral - Black Sabbath
48 Exciter - Judas Priest
49 Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath
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